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Barnabas was Paul’s first traveling companion. (Acts 9:26-28) After they returned from Jerusalem, they went to Antioch. (Acts 12:25-13:1) In Acts 13:2, the Holy Spirit said, separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. In the Greek, the word “autos” is the reflexive pronoun for self or selves: she, her, he, him, them, their, they, and it. The conjunction and is translated from the primary particle kai, having a cumulative and/or copulative force: and, also, even, so, then, too, which, ect. The word separate is from the Greek aplorizo meaning: to set off, limit, exclude, or sever as well as appoint, and a compound of the primary particle apo (from, off, or away as in separation) and horizo (bound, mark out, decree, specify). The prime particle gar translated for is often used with other particles to assign reason. Acts 13:2 should be translated: As they gave praise unto the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit brought word that it would separate itself from Barnabas so Saul therefore (without doubt) can work wherever I (the Lord) call him (Paul).
Shortly after the Jerusalem Council, Paul and Barnabas got into a disagreement about Mark, and then they separated with much strife between them. (Acts 15:36-41) In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he recounts his experience while in Jerusalem. In Gal. 2:13 we find Barnabas carried away with the Jews dissimulation (hypocrisy). When comparing Acts 15:1-7 with Gal. 2:1-13, Barnabas had flip–flopped on his position about the circumcision issue. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians indicates some degree of frustration. (Gal. 3:1, 6:17) Acts 15:39 is the last time scripture has Barnabas associated with the work. He is mentioned in 1 Cor. 9:6 in connection with the privilege of receiving compensation for the work, which thing Paul did not do. (1 Cor. 9:15-18) The only other time he is mentioned is in Col. 4:10. The Greek word dechomai (middle of a primary verb) translated receive has a sense of keeping in suspense when tracing it back to the primary verbs haireomai and airo. The verb dechomai translated receive in Col. 4:10 is also translated take in Lk. 16:6, 7 (dishonestly) and Eph. 6:17 (precaution) and accepted in 2 Cor. 8:17 and 11:4.]
In Paul’s second letter to Timothy his last epistle, he indicates that some of the converts and his close friends have fallen away and returned to the ways of the world. (2 Tim. 4:6-11) When reading the passage correctly, Crescens and Titus have also forsaken (deserted) Paul and departed. All three people in this statement had deserted Paul but went three different directions. The second Epistle written to Timothy was when Paul was imprisoned in Rome. (2 Tim. 1:15-17) Paul wrote the Epistle to Titus, who he had left in Crete, while he (Paul) was still free to travel. (Titus 1:5, 3:12)
“[ Revision 2020 addition: Is it highly possible that this young Titus (early 20’s) latter became emperor of Rome? Paul was beheaded by Nero in 67 AD. Titus (Roman emperor) was born 40 AD and became emperor in 79. Nero died in 68, then Galba 68-69, Otho Jan. – April 69, Vitellius July – Dec. 69, Vespasian (Titus’ father) 69 – 79, Titus 79 – 81 (3 yrs.), then Domitian (Titus’ younger brother) 81 – 96. Vespasian’s family home was Dalmatia! In 70 AD, the then General Titus (the Prince) destroyed Jerusalem while crushing the Jewish (not Christian) rebellion. Could he have simply found the last living Apostle, John, and only placed him in (on) the isle of Patmos as a relocation for protective custody? (Rev. 1:9 & Dan. 9:26) Who supplied John with the materials and seclusion to receive and write the Revelation? Titus was considered as the most just and gentle emperor during the first century. (Christian kindness and charity?) Do the Math! There are two books from the Lost Scriptures that didn’t make it into the New Testament called The Letter of Barnabas and Pseudo-Titus. The Barnabas Letter promotes everything non-Jewish, even worship on Sunday. Barnabas was a Levite! (Acts 4:36) It seems that Barnabas was like many politicians or ministers today that flip-flop on the issues or principles and will say most anything to get a vote or convert. (Gal. 3:1; Eph. 4:14; Rom. 16:17-18) The Pseudo-Titus Letter promotes strict celibacy, even within marriage. That teaching probably pissed many fiancés and husbands off. It was contrary to the teachings of Paul. (1 Cor. 7:1-17; Col. 3:18; Eph. 5:22)]